If you are considering migrating to Australia, it would be good to start the process by familiarising yourself with the various Australian visa options. There are five main categories, providing ample opportunities for people with the desired skills and personal profiles to enter Australia.
Australian visa options
There are a number of different Australian visa options that may best suit your situation or allow you to qualify for immigration to Australia. The below provides you with a brief insight into the types of visas and permits available.
These skilled worker permits do not require you have to a job offer or sponsor. Although both of these are areas that contribute to your overall points total. The Skilled Independent Migrant Visa is a points based migration system that matches the applicants skills against that of the required need in the Australian work force for skilled and professional labour.
For those applicants who have already got a job offer in Australia. Whether it is for a temporary period of time or a permanent nature applications can only be made by those in possession of a valid job offer.
Australia offers different family visa options for family, or prospective family of Australian Citizens, permanent residents or qualifying New Zealand Citizens. This class of permits covers life partners, spouses, finance’s, parents and children.
From temporary travel through to ownership or part ownership of a business in Australia. There are various visa options that allow for temporary residency applications that can lead to permanent residency as well as a visa class that offers a direct application for permanent residency.
The Investor visa class has various categories within it:
- For investor applicants under the age of 45 who have a successful business or investment track record.
- For investor applicants under the age of 55 who have a successful business or investment career and wish to invest or be involved in an Australian business.
- For investor retirement applicants (age 55 and older) who meet certain financial requirements and have no dependants.
Your journey begins with an assessment, before you get your hopes up and spend considerable sums of money. The assessment will tell you whether Australia is even an option for you and if so which options and costs are involved.
Where you to go for your assessment and advice is clearly defined by the Australian Government. Agents in Australia must be licensed agents or exempt. For many reading this, the preference for obvious reasons will be to enlist the services of an agent in your home country. In doing so, we urge you to take care. There are too many stories of agents’ taking large suns of money under false pretences and avoiding this should be of paramount importance to you.
Simply put, only use agents that are correctly licensed. You can search for these here on the Migration Authority’s Website. Further beware of agents with DIBP numbers. A DIBP number does not mean an agent is registered – they are given this number purely for admin purposes.
You can also view our licensed immigration agent’s, Katrin Maja Maehl, registration here.